North Atlanta Primary Care

COVID-19 Update Article

Coronavirus Update #4

Posted on March 20, 2020 by Physicians and Staff at NAPC

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, the staff at NAPC are working continuously to meet your essential medical needs. Currently our 12 locations remain open, however we are moving all nonessential medical care to virtual care. All in-office well care visits will be suspended until further notice. Medicare annual well care evaluations will be performed through virtual visits. We will continue to provide essential medical care to our sick patients and those patients with ongoing medical needs. We are here to keep you healthy during this crisis.

Question: How do I cope with My Coronavirus Anxiety?

As we all awoke this morning with increased numbers of sick patients, overwhelming news about the complications to both our healthcare system and the reality of the financial stress of this crisis many of our patients are experiencing emotions ranging from mild anxiety to serious panic. Feeling anxious during a viral pandemic is NORMAL. In fact, having some anxiety may empower you to maintain good hygiene habits, to adhere to measures to protect yourself like social distancing and to reach out into your community and to help others.

However, severe anxiety can lead to severe dysfunction. The warning signs that Coronavirus may be causing you too much stress include:

  1. Preoccupation or obsessive thoughts of it for most of the day.
  2. An inability to concentrate on your job or other things.
  3. Difficulty sleeping.
  4. Anorexia or not feeling the need to eat.

What can I do to help with my Coronavirus Anxiety?

There are many thing you can do to help yourself during these stressful times, and NAPC can also provide assistance to you as well. But first let’s empower you to help from becoming overwhelmed.

    • Stop watching endless news and media reports about COVID-19. Too much news and speculation on TV will ultimately lead to unnecessary anxiety. Limit your media consumption to about 30 minutes a day. Do not watch news before bedtime as this will interfere with your sleep.
    • Fight myths with facts. The internet is full of false information and this often will lead to irrational thoughts and fear. NAPC is here to answer your questions and keep our patients healthy during this time. Do not hesitate to call and even schedule a Telemedicine consult.
    • Relaxation exercises should be practiced a minimum of 15-30 minutes a day. There are many options here but fighting anxiety through relaxation is powerful medicine. Consider “Mindfulness Exercises” which consists of deep breathing in a calm quiet environment with your eyes closes and clearing your mind, Mediation, reading a book, a warm bath and even Yoga are all activities that can help. At the App store download the CALM app. Consider also YOGA FOR BEGINNERS, and THE MINDFULNESS app.
    • Support systems are important. NAPC is part of your medical support team and we are here to help you deal with this crisis based on what your needs are. We are employing virtual visits, phone calls, telehealth and FaceTime to be available to you. Also even though you must embrace “physical distancing” you can still support your friends, family, and especially the elderly. Helping others is one of the best ways to cope with stress.
    • Faith. I do not have a scientific study to quote why faith and prayer help us deal with medical illness but I know personally that it can make a tremendous difference. Because many houses of worship have closed, there are many individual ways for each us to express our faith and pray for guidance at this time. We are a human community and we will prevail and we will be more blessed and stronger than before Coronavirus.
    • Professional help is available. Many of our patients are already on anti-depressant and anti-anxiety therapy. Please stay on your medications and we will support you during this time. We are currently going live on Telehealth video visit platform in the next few days. We can support you through the patient portal communications, email, Face Time and telephone visits. NAPC will be here throughout this epidemic to continue to care for you.

Lastly, COVID-19 is here in our community and it is a complex disease that is not fully understood. Many patients may acquire the virus and exhibit mild or no symptoms. Please stay out of the emergency rooms. Continue to empower and protect yourself. Please avoid panic and deal with anxiety in productive helpful ways. Remember to communicate with us for advice, telehealth, and email communications. We will continue to care for our most vulnerable patients because at NAPC we know that is our duty and profession.

Thank you for your trust and please stay safe and healthy.

Physicians and Staff at NAPC

Alpharetta: 3400-C Old Milton Parkway, Suite 270, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Braselton: 1255 Friendship Road, Suite 130, Braselton, GA 30517
Cumming: 1800 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 450, Cumming, GA 30041
East Cobb: 1121 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 450, Marietta, GA 30068
Johns Creek: 4235 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite A, Suwanee, GA 30024
Sandy Springs: 1150 Hammond Dr., Building E, Suite 310, Atlanta, GA 30328
Sugar Hill: 4700 Nelson Brogdon Blvd., Suite 250, Buford, GA 30518
West Paces: 3200 Downwood Circle NW, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30327
Woodstock: 250 Parkbrooke Place, Suite 300, Woodstock, GA 30189

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